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World's 10 Most Livable Cities

Tough break, America

(Newser) - Maybe Donald Trump is … right? Monocle just released its annual list of the 25 most livable cities in the world, and the first American city (Honolulu) doesn't even show up until number 23. Skift reports the rankings are based on things like architecture, safety, and public transportation. American... More »

Man Jailed for Severing Wife's Lover's Penis

Victim continues to 'suffer in agony' after horrific act with garden shears

(Newser) - Almost a year after his penis was severed with garden shears, a Japanese lawyer continues to "suffer in agony"—but this should ease his pain a little. Defendant Ikki Kotsugai, 25—who strolled into a Tokyo law office, beat his wife's lover until he was nearly unconscious,... More »

Japan's New Nude Restaurant Will Weigh You Before Letting You In

Also: no tattoos, touching, or old people

(Newser) - For a naked restaurant, Tokyo's The Amrita is surprisingly uptight. Unlike a new clothing-free restaurant in London , diners at The Amrita will be weighed and measured before being admitted, Mashable reports. If customers are 30 or so pounds heavier than the average weight for their height, they'll be... More »

'I Lost My Temper': Suspect in Stabbing of Japan Pop Star

Mayu Tomita was reportedly stalked on social media by man who says she spurned gift

(Newser) - A young Japanese pop star remains in critical condition after a man attacked her with a knife on Saturday at a Tokyo event, reportedly because she may have spurned a gift from him, per the Japan Times . Mayu Tomita, 20, was said by Tokyo Metropolitan Police to have been stabbed... More »

New Year's Tuna Sells for $118K

80-year-old Tokyo tradition is about to change

(Newser) - It's among the biggest of Japan's many New Year holiday rituals: Early on Tuesday, a huge, glistening tuna was auctioned for 14 million yen, around $118,000, at Tokyo's 80-year-old Tsukiji market. Sushi restaurateur Kiyoshi Kimura has prevailed in most of the recent new year auctions, and... More »

Unloved Single Men Take to Streets to Protest Christmas

'Losers With Women' call the holiday a 'capitalist ploy'

(Newser) - About 20 men took to the streets of Tokyo on Saturday to protest Christmas for discriminating against single men, AFP reports. "Unpopular men, who don't have a girlfriend or are not married, are overly discriminated," says the group's leader, going by the fake name Mark Waters.... More »

Head of Collapsed Mt. Gox Arrested in Tokyo

Mark Karpeles is suspected of inflating his own cash account

(Newser) - The head of the failed Japan-based bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox was arrested in Tokyo today on suspicion of inflating his cash account by $1 million. Mark Karpeles, 30, is suspected of accessing the exchange's computer system in February 2013 and swelling his account, Japanese police said. Mt. Gox went... More »

Adultery No Big Deal if Done for Business: Court

Tokyo courts typically award wife damages, but not in this case

(Newser) - Typically, if your husband cheats on you in Tokyo and you sue his mistress, you'll be awarded damages from said mistress. It's considered a way of protecting marriage, the Japan Times reports, but last year the Tokyo District Court broke with the practice—big time. A wife who... More »

Body Left in Train Station Storage Locker

Tokyo station workers make grim find

(Newser) - A worker at Japan's Tokyo Station got an unpleasant shock after opening an abandoned suitcase that no one had claimed for a month—the decomposing body of an elderly woman inside. Police in Tokyo say the corpse was found in a suitcase in a temporary storage area at the... More »

Japan Marks 70 Years Since Deadliest Bombing

105K died in one night of Tokyo firebombing

(Newser) - Japan mourned today for the 105,400 people killed in a single night 70 years ago, when US B-29 bombers obliterated much of Tokyo in the deadliest conventional bomb attack ever. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe bowed in a somber ceremony held in a downtown temple used as a memorial for... More »

Couple Visits 3 Disney Parks Around World in One Day

Diane and Michael Greening hit Tokyo, Anaheim, and Orlando on Valentine's Day

(Newser) - If you were impressed by these two guys riding every ride in one day at Orlando's Walt Disney World in November, this couple has them beat. In 1999, Michael and Diane Greening of San Diego celebrated their first wedding anniversary at Anaheim's Disneyland, and every anniversary since they'... More »

Restaurant: No Couples Allowed on Christmas Eve

PiaPia in Tokyo deems it too painful for single people

(Newser) - Couples seeking a romantic Christmas dinner in Tokyo better avoid PiaPia restaurant, if a sign in the window is for real. "We will be refusing entry to all couples on December 24, with no exceptions!" the handwritten message reads, the Telegraph reports. The note—which includes images of... More »

Japanese Man Sets Self on Fire in Rare Protest

Thought to be railing against Tokyo's move to bolster defense forces

(Newser) - A man set himself on fire at Tokyo's busy Shinjuku railway station today in what appears to be a rare violent political protest. The man, who appeared in his 50s or 60s, was taken to the hospital after suffering serious injuries, said Daiji Kubota, an officer at the Shinjuku... More »

Tokyo Jolted by Its Biggest Quake Since 2011

No major damage; hours later, another quake hits Burma, Thailand

(Newser) - A strong earthquake jolted Tokyo early today, rattling windows and nerves though there were no initial reports of major damage. The national broadcaster NHK, citing local authorities, said 17 people were reported injured, some of them from falls as the quake struck. The Japan Meteorological Agency said the quake had... More »

Obama in Japan: Diplomacy, Sushi, Soccer With a Robot

Obama pledges to defend Japan in dispute over 'rock'

(Newser) - President Obama guaranteed that the US would protect Japan if its dispute with China over the Senkaku Islands comes to blows, a serious moment in a conspicuously fun Tokyo trip. Obama said the islands have historically been administered by Japan, and that a US treaty "covers all territories administered... More »

The World's 5 Most Disaster-Prone Cities

Asia is apparently especially risky, insurer's rankings suggest

(Newser) - In the wake of Chile's earthquake, the Guardian was wondering which cities were the riskiest to live in from a natural-disaster perspective. So they checked with a source with a vested interest in knowing precisely that: The re-insurance company Swiss Re. Here are the five cities it's most... More »

Tokyo Falls as World's Costliest City

Inflation makes Singapore world's priciest

(Newser) - Tokyo, rated the world's most expensive city last year by the Economist Intelligence Unit , has dropped out of the top five thanks to the soaring cost of living in other cities, including the new No. 1, Singapore. The city-state was sent to the top of the list by its... More »

Japan Mystery: Anne Frank's Diary Torn Apart

'We don't know why this happened or who did it,' says library council head

(Newser) - More than 100 copies of Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl, plus many other related works that make mention of her or the Holocaust, have been ripped apart recently in Tokyo—the capital of a country where sales of the diary are second only to those in... More »

Rare Snowstorm Kills 11 in Japan

Tokyo sees heaviest snowfall in 45 years

(Newser) - The heaviest snowfall in decades is causing chaos in Tokyo and elsewhere in Japan, with at least 11 people dead and around 1,000 injured in snow-related accidents. The capital has been blanketed with at least 11 inches of snow, the most it has seen in 45 years and enough... More »

14 Killed as Typhoon Lashes Tokyo Area

50 missing on island south of capital

(Newser) - The Tokyo area was hit by its fiercest typhoon in at least a decade today, leaving at least 14 people dead and forcing 20,000 to evacuate. Typhoon Wipha drenched the city of 30 million and caused the cancellation of trains and planes, but the worst damage was on Izu... More »

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